Craven Cottage - Premier League
Fulham and Watford come into this game looking to return to winning ways. Both sides lost to the Manchester clubs last weekend, but have good reason to be optimistic with their starts to the new season.
The teams were last in the same division when they were both in the Championship during the 2014/15 campaign. Watford won both games, including a 5-0 demolition of Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Whites haven’t beaten the Hornets in a league fixture since 2001, again in the Championship.
Neeskens Kebano and Tim Ream are set to miss this game for the hosts, although there’s better news concerning Tom Cairney. The Whites skipper is approaching full fitness and could feature on Saturday.
Javi Gracia almost has a full squad to choose from, although Gerard Deulofeu remains a doubt. The only other injury concern for the Hornets boss is midfielder Tom Cleverley, who’s continuing his recovery from an Achilles problem.
Fulham v Watford Preview and Predictions
Manchester United put an end to Watford’s 100% record on Saturday, although the Hornets showed plenty of fight despite falling to their first defeat of the new campaign. Few expected Fulham to get anything against Manchester City, but this game’s much more winnable for the Cottagers.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have played some good football on their return to the top tier of English football. They need to start putting points on the board though, and this is a decent opportunity against a Watford side who’s confidence might’ve taken a slight knock.
The Hornets haven’t struggled to stack up the points, but this is only their second away game of the new season. It’s going to be a real test of whether Javi Gracia’s side have the ability to push for European football, or whether they’re going to slide backwards into mid-table obscurity.
Fulham start the game as favourites in the betting - priced at 16/11 - as they go in search of their second victory of the campaign. Watford are 41/20 to pick up their fifth win at this early stage, while the draw’s available at 13/5.
Fulham to win and both teams to score at 10/3
Both teams have looked vulnerable in defence so far this term - back the Cottagers to capitalise on any doubts in Watford minds with this bet.
Watford to win to nil at 5/1
Or bet on the visitors to banish the memory of their first defeat, as the Hornets win to nil just like they did in both games during the 2014/15 campaign.